MNSEIA'S MISSION is to grow solar energy industries as part of Minnesota's clean energy transition by delivering strong public policy, education, job creation and sustainable industry development.

 


 

We Connect Minnesota’s Solar Community

MnSEIA provides fantastic networking opportunities through membership meetings, business and educational opportunities, and our annual Gateway to Solar Conference.

We Advocate For Solar

MnSEIA's work centers around state legislative lobbying efforts and regulatory implementation. We promote the use of solar energy to serve the public interest, to achieve a sustainable future, and to create family-supporting jobs. 

We Work Tirelessly For Our Members

MnSEIA has over 100 member organizations involved in photovoltaic and solar thermal energy. We work for, and harness the strength of, our member solar installers, vendors, developers, distributors, manufacturers, job trainers, labor unions, nonprofits, law firms, utilities and more by advocating for policy and regulatory initiatives that strengthen the industry.  

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Ray Colby Sundial C&I Rooftop Array
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Dustin Denison AEI Angled Panels
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MnSEIA's Evolution

Moving Minnesota Solar Forward Since 2009

2009

MnSEIA Is Formed

At the time of MnSEIA's formation, Minnesota had just 330 solar installations producing 1.5 Megawatts of electricity.

2013

Organizing Efforts Culminate In Important MN Solar Legislation

Four years of organizing with strong labor and environmental partners helped create a 1.5 percent solar energy standard, which guarantees at least 450 Megawatts of solar by 2020.

2016

Minnesota Becomes A 1 Billion Dollar + Market

In seven years, we grew from a 150 million dollar industry to a 1 billion dollar market with over 300 Megawatts of solar.

2017

Minnesota Sees Exponential Solar Growth

In 2017, Minnesota expanded to a nearly 500 Megawatt solar market by year-end. Accordingly, solar jobs grew 48% in 2017 over 2016 levels, and Minnesota saw clean energy jobs grow four times faster than overall job growth in 2017 alone. 

2018

Minnesota To Reach 1 Gigawatt Solar

Minnesota is on track to reach 1 Gigawatt of installed solar capacity by year-end, despite solar tariffs imposed on imported cells and modules, plus steel and aluminum tariffs. In the first quarter, renewable energy reached a point of being cheaper than both coal and natural gas in Minnesota, even without subsidies. This is a hallmark of the efforts and dedication of our industry members, partners, and stakeholders. 

What’s Next?

Remove Barriers To The Next Wave Of Solar Deployment

  1. Create, promote and protect solar-friendly policies around residential, utility-scale, commercial and industrial solar, and energy storage
  2. Push back against harmful utility practices, such as illegal “grid-access” fees, geographic development limitations, and more 
  3. Expand and improve the solar capacity credit for commercial and industrial customers
  4. Add incentives for community solar garden residential subscribers
  5. Facilitate successful development of Minnesota's goal to achieve 6+ Gigawatts of solar by 2030.

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